Community Resource Guide: Emergency Financial Assistance

Lend-A-Hand Society
Services: Small grants for needy families, elders, individuals; for back rent or utilities.
Requires a referral form and letter from a social service agency. (Come to the WATCH tenant clinic for an evaluation and referral.)


JFCS Emergency Assistance Program

Services: Grants for back rent or utilities,  or first month's rent/security deposit. Serves individuals and families. Must complete detailed budget to apply. (Come to the WATCH tenant clinic to discuss, or call their Emergency Intake Line at 781-693-1388.)


Salvation Army -Client must call Jenn Scharn at phone number below to make appointment.

1) United Way Emergency Food & Shelter Program (EFSP) provides up to one month (only) rent & utility help for residents of Middlesex County who are not receiving subsidized housing. Can apply once per year.

2) Utility assistance for Waltham residents (CDBG program - Community Development Block Grant).

3) Utility assistance through Good Neighbor Energy Fund (utility companies' fund).

Waltham Location:

33 Myrtle St.
Waltham, MA, 02453

Perpetual Benevolent Fund
Services: rent, security deposit, utilities; for residents of Waltham, Watertown and Newton.

Requirements:  emergency, loss of job, or illness. Help is given once in a lifetime.

Process: Applications are reviewed by the Fund's Board of Trustees.

Pick up application at the Mayor's Office, City Hall, Waltham
Open Monday-Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm

610 Main St. Waltham, MA, 02452; 781-314-3100; fax 781-894-9581
Fiske Fund
Services: one time help for utilities or phone. May be limited to $500. Money cannot be used for rent.
Requirements: must be working at least part time, Waltham resident. 

Process: "Applications are reviewed by the Fiske Board of Trustees, who will respond in writing within two weeks."

Pick up application at theTreasurer's Office, City Hall, Waltham
610 Main St.
Waltham, MA, 02452
fax: 781-314-3260
Catholic Charities
Services: Help with utilities, rent and mortgage payments.

270 Washington St, Somerville; 617-471-2904


Marshall Home Fund 

Services: emergency transportation
This service is for residents of Watertown, ages 55 and over only. To request an application for assistance, write to the address below or call. 

120 Mt. Auburn St.
Watertown, MA, 02472
Services: rental assistance, subsidies, housing searches
This service is for families at risk of eviction or in shelters.
*Must present a valid form of ID at front desk

105 Chauncy Street, Suite 502
Boston, MA, 02111
617-542-0338 (serving Greater Boston only) 

678 Massachusetts Avenue, Suite 502
Cambridge, MA, 02139
617-234-5340 (serving Cambridge only)

Services: Rent or utility arrears, or first month's rent/security deposit,  for families (at least one child under age 18) or pregnant women who are either homeless or likely to become homeless. Requires copy of court summons for evictions.

Administered by MBHP (Metro Boston Housing Partnership)

The WATCH tenant clinic can refer eligible clients. 


St. Mary's Church, Waltham
Services: help with utilities
Contact Tim Buckley

133 School St.
Waltham, MA, 02451